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Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Egg-ceptional platforming

When you take into account just how much of a landmark title Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was when it released back in 1995, it’s absurd to think that it’s only just being re-released on one of Nintendo’s Virtual Console services – well, that is if you exclude the exclusive 3DS release under the guise of the...

Golden Sun (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Golden Sun (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Magic Hands Make Light Work

The more formulaic counterpart to RPG oddball Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Golden Sun expands on proven genre archetypes to deliver an experience that both pays tribute to and refines the classic role-playing adventure. It also gives some Wii U owners, potentially, their first experience of a franchise that has a...

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fun incorporated

Ever since its first foray into the video game market, Nintendo has been known for the incredible amount of creativity it brings to the medium. Innovative ideas – whether they add a pleasing minor touch or groundbreaking gameplay feature – have to some degree been the company’s bread and butter for decades. It’s these...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirbytroid

For the most part, not much has changed about the Kirby series — many of its titles are fairly straightforward platformers in which your main ability is to suck up enemies and acquire their powers. It's not until somewhat recently that the development teams started trying different things, and one can certainly make a case saying that...

Metroid Fusion (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Metroid Fusion (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

SA-Xcellent

Released a full eight years after its phenomenal Super Nintendo predecessor, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion is a well-paced, tense, atmospheric game and an oft-overlooked GBA classic. Players assume the role of Samus Aran, the legendary bounty hunter responsible for overturning the sinister designs of the Space Pirates and obliterating...

Advance Wars (Wii U eShop)

Advance Wars (Wii U eShop)

War has never been so much fun

Mention Advance Wars to a seasoned gamer and they're almost guaranteed to have heard of it. One of the earliest major Game Boy Advance titles, it's now also one of the earliest titles from the handheld on the Wii U Virtual Console, giving veterans another chance to pick it up and newcomers an ideal opportunity to see...

Mega Man Zero 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Zero times two

Just one year after Mega Man Zero, Inti Creates released a sequel. That might sound a bit quick, but Mega Man Zero 2 is no mindless cash-in. It took the sturdy foundation set by its predecessor and built upon it in impressive ways, while also smoothing out the rough edges. On top of that it wove an excellent narrative of its own and...

Mega Man Zero (Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero (Game Boy Advance)

A side character gets a great spotlight

The classic Mega Man series was popular enough to warrant its own spin-off series, Mega Man X. That, in turn, proved strong enough for a spin-off series of its own, and in 2002 it arrived in the form of Mega Man Zero. The Zero series spans four titles — all released exclusively for the Game Boy Advance —...

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (Game Boy Advance)

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (Game Boy Advance)

The dynamic duo go portable

When we at Nintendo Life think of Rare’s masterpieces from the Nintendo 64 era, we think of expansive and adventurous games like Donkey Kong 64, Jet Force Gemini, and of course the beloved Banjo-Kazooie series. Off-the-wall characters, exuberant locales, and an epic sense of scope added to the hook of what made these...

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Game Boy Advance)

Once more, to arms!

For such a long-running series, it's hard to believe Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones was only the second game to leave Japan after GBA predecessor Fire Emblem. Since then the series has had a far bigger presence in the West, a fact underlined by Sacred Stones' status as a 3DS Ambassador title. If Sacred Stones is your first Fire...

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

No time to catch your breath

Nintendo has made its name in the games industry by providing tightly focused and highly polished experiences for over 20 years. Its games are always regarded as some of the best in their respective genres, so what to do when it's conquered all charted territory? Invent new ones, of course. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance)

A worthy successor

The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series has been going for quite a while now, with four entries under its belt. If you've never played the original, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's not much more than a fun Lemmings clone, but that's actually not true. In fact, Mario vs. Donkey Kong is closer to the Game Boy version of Donkey...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Oh, Kirby, you blowhard...

We have to hand this much to Kirby & The Amazing Mirror: it certainly isn't afraid of trying new things. We might not be totally convinced of the necessity of those things, of course, but it's always nice to see a series attempt to expand its boundaries somewhat. The story forges no new ground whatsoever, though, as...

Wario Land 4 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Wario Land 4 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A treasure

Wario is pretty good, for a bad guy. To look at him you wouldn’t think he’d have a heroic streak at all; he’s got the squiggly moustache of a pantomime villain and a nose that would put any alcoholic to shame. Despite all this he’s secretly a sweetheart: considering that the rotund treasure hunter started life as an antagonist to...

F-Zero Maximum Velocity (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

F-Zero Maximum Velocity (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Gotta go fast

F-Zero has always been Nintendo’s way of flaunting how on the cutting-edge of technology it can be when it so chooses. Like a bat out of Hell, the original F-Zero launched alongside the Super NES to draw a clear distinction between where 16-bit Nintendid and SEGagged. Later on N64, F-Zero X boasted 30 on-screen polygonal racers and...

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)

Short circuit

It’s hard to believe that the Mario Kart franchise has been around for nearly 20 years and appeared on eight different consoles. Mario Kart: Super Circuit may have been first released in 2001, but now it’s back for a whole new generation of players ten years after release through the 3DS Ambassador program. There are four cups to...

Metroid Fusion (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Metroid Fusion (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Like cold fusion, only cooler

Metroid Fusion slipped out of the airlock between two behemoths, simultaneously having to live up to the legacy of its predecessor Super Metroid, which is a big Power Suit to fill, and keep the advancing Metroid Prime at arm cannon's length. It would have been easy for Fusion to have become lost in the vacuum created by...